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EU to evade Hungary’s veto of €18bn of aid to Ukraine in 2023

origin 1The Ukrainian flag flies in front of the European Parliament before a committee on the escalation of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine ©Jean-Francois Badias/AP

EU member states reached an agreement on Saturday to unblock an 18 billion euro financial aid package to Ukraine for next year.

The countries evaded a veto from Hungary, which has kept aid to Ukraine blocked as blackmail so its European partners don’t freeze its recovery funds due to rule-of-law violations.

“Ukraine can count on the EU. We will continue to support Ukraine also financially, as long as necessary”, the EU Council said in a statement.

The proposal was adopted by the Council. And it will be presented to the European Parliament for its possible adoption next week, the statement said.

Hungary is about to have €7.5 billion of its allocated share of the EU budget frozen after failing to complete a series of reforms aimed at tackling, among other issues, corruption, public procurement irregularities and conflicts of law interest of government officials.